Hidden and Buried and Locked

    by Cynthia McCormick. This article originally appeared in the Cape Cod Times.

    When Cape snowbird Marie Seufert tells people in her Florida retirement community that she’s a widow, they sometimes ask when her husband died.

    “I say, ’No, it was my wife,” said Seufert, 71, who lost Mary Sidlevicz, her spouse of nearly nine years, on Jan. 5, 2017.

    “There were people in Florida who kept referring to her as my ‘friend.’ I kept correcting them. It was my No. 1 relationship,” Seufert said.

    “I have to come out to people whether I want to or not. I’d rather just play golf,” Seufert said during a phone interview.

    Support Group “A Relief”

    Seufert said it was.... Read More

                 

    Simple Tips for Eating Well

    by Cheryl Toner, MS, RDN. This article originally appeared on the blog of the National Council on Aging (NCOA).

    There are few things in life as comforting and nourishing as food, but it can be controversial and confusing, too. It’s so essential to life one would think common sense is the main ingredient in making food choices, and common sense—along with personal heritage and beliefs—is an important guidepost. Food cultures around the world can look very different from one another, and each can be healthy. Rather than ignoring food customs and preferences, let’s anchor them.... Read More

                 

    ‘We Weren’t Expected to Live This Long’

    by Grace Birnstengel. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    (Editor’s note: This story is part of Still Here, Still Positive: A series on the first generation of Americans aging with HIV/AIDS, with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation.)

    More than 500,000 people over 50 in the U.S. are growing older with the human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) that, if untreated, cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS.

    While some have contracted HIV/AIDS in their later years (sparse sexual health promotion for older adults is often to blame), the bulk of these survivors were diagnosed decades ago, back in the throes of the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s, when.... Read More

                 

    Diverse Elders Coalition Urges Policy Changes to Protect Diverse Elders from COVID-19

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    MARCH 13, 2020

    CONTACT: Jenna McDavid, National Director
    jmcdavid@diverseelders.org
    646-653-5015

    Diverse Elders Coalition urges policy changes to protect diverse older adults from COVID-19

    New York, NY — Today, the Diverse Elders Coalition (DEC) issued a plea to Congress in support of policy changes and protective measures to limit the impact of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on older adults from communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

    “People 60 years of age and older and those with underlying health conditions (e.g., diabetes, HIV, heart disease, and lung disease), are most vulnerable to getting sick or even dying from COVID-19. Many of the communities we represent already.... Read More

                 

    Latinos, Victims of Depression Who Are Unaware or Live in Denial

    by Agustín Durán. This article originally appeared in Spanish in La Opinión. Para leer en español, haga clic aquí.

    Since her daughter Clara died, Gladys, 58, has barely participated in family celebrations; she is constantly sick, and her appearance seems very fragile.

    She says that everything is fine, that they are the ailments of her age. She refuses to see a therapist and affirms she is not crazy. Gladys blames her sadness and lack of desire to do anything as pure figments of her children’s imaginations.

    The truth is that 14 years have gone by since Clara died, but Gladys gives those she meets the impression that her daughter just died yesterday. Still, the immigrant from Guadalajara, Mexico, denies.... Read More

                 

    What you need to know about the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog. Para leer en español, haga clic aquí.

    The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is committed to keeping our communities up to date on the latest information about the current outbreak of coronavirus, or COVID-19. We share this information to help you stay safe and support others.

    What is Coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that can cause a range of symptoms including a runny nose, cough, sore throat and fever. Some are mild (like the common cold),.... Read More

                 

    “Meals on Wheels” – Telemundo Oklahoma

    by Cecilia Hernandez-Cromwell. This video originally aired on Telemundo Oklahoma. The Spanish-language video embedded below includes English subtitles. A full English transcript is included below.

    To be independent is something very important for human beings from the moment we begin to walk until we age. Fortunately there are organizations that help people stay longer in the place they call home.

    At noon on a recent cold day in Oklahoma City, José de Loera Ruiz was on his way to have lunch with his friend Jerónimo Cazazos, who says, “For seven years friends like him have come to visit me.”

    For approximately four years, José has been delivering lunch for Meals on Wheels to people who are homebound because.... Read More

                 

    LGBTQ Bereaved Spouses Seek Solace

    by Kevyn Burger. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    After surviving a heart attack and a cancer diagnosis, Carol Riddell feared being kept alive by machines more than she feared death itself. The retired teacher had made her end-of-life wishes clear to her wife Debbie Joffe: no extraordinary measures.

    Two years ago, hospitalized after a complicated surgery, Riddell had to be intubated. Her blood pressure dropped and her kidneys began to fail.

    “Her system was tanking. Her sister and I were there and we knew she couldn’t come back from this,” said Joffe, 64, who lives in Cincinnati, and had been Riddell’s partner for 30 years and her wife for four.

    “I got into bed.... Read More

                 

    AMA offers 6 tips to improve heart health during American Heart Month

    by Kelly Jakubek. This article originally appeared on the American Medical Association website.

    To help the millions of Americans currently living with high blood pressure reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering six tips that Americans can take to improve their heart health. The release of these tips coincides with the start of February’s American Heart Month this week.

    “In February, American Heart Month, we encourage all Americans to take control of their heart health by better understanding and monitoring their blood pressure levels and making healthy lifestyle changes that can significantly reduce their risk of serious health consequences associated with high blood pressure,” said AMA President Patrice.... Read More

                 

    Why The New ‘Public Charge’ Rule Could Hit Older Immigrants Hard

    by Jaya Padmanabhan. This article originally appeared on Next Avenue.

    Devyani Dave immigrated from India to California in 1995 in her early 60s to live near her son and his family. Her green card was sponsored by her son (who prefers not to reveal his name), a citizen who came to the U.S. in 1973. When Dave arrived to start her new life, she had no health insurance and relied on her son to support her. Now, sitting on a bench at Priya Living, a senior community facility in Santa Clara, Calif., Dave said she feels fortunate to be in close proximity to her only child, especially as she ages.

    But some immigration experts say the.... Read More

                 

    The Voices of the Silenced

    by SAGE Communications. This article originally appeared on the SAGE blog.

    When asked to think of the predominant challenges facing people as they age today, the common answers may be physical mobility and accessibility, savings and wealth management, or finding safe, affordable housing. These challenges are increased for LGBT older people, who may face maltreatment due to their sexual orientation or live in fear of discrimination. However, due to incredible advancements in medicine and science, many of the Stonewall generation are now experiencing a far less talked about challenge: aging with HIV.

    In the late 90’s at the height of the AIDS epidemic, it was inconceivable to imagine that individuals who were diagnosed would live to.... Read More

                 

    7 HIV/AIDS Myths We Need to Stop Believing

    by Kellee Terrell. This article appears on the Diverse Elders Coalition blog courtesy of Black Health Matters.

    I try to live my life by the saying “knowledge is power.”

    Knowledge helps us make informed decisions from everything, including who we vote for, what we eat and how we react to our surroundings. This mantra also holds true to our understanding (or lack thereof) of HIV/AIDS. Despite how easily accessible basic information about the epidemic is, there’s still plenty of dangerous misinformation percolating out in the world and our communities.

    And I’ve seen it with my.... Read More

                 
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